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    Christmas pudding spiced rum recipe | Waitrose

    This is great for lighting the Christmas pudding or for cocktails. You will need to prepare the rum at least two weeks before you plan to give it away.

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 5 minutes, plus 2 weeks infusing
    • Cooking time: 3 minutes
    • Total time: 8 minutes, plus 2 weeks infusing

    Makes: about 750ml


    70cl bottle dark rum (or bourbon)

    2 vanilla pods

    2 large cinnamon sticks

    2 star anise

    3 whole cloves

    75g light brown muscovado sugar

    1 orange


    1 Pour 100ml rum into a small saucepan. Using a small sharp knife, split the vanilla pods down their length, then add to the pan with the cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves and sugar. Using a vegetable peeler, pare thin strips of peel from the orange and add to the pan. Slowly  warm the rum over a low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar; do not allow it to boil.

    2 Pour the contents of the pan into a large, sterilised jar, then add the remaining rum. Once cool, tightly seal the lid and shake vigorously. Leave the rum in a cool, dark place and give it a good shake every day to muddle the spices.

    3 After 2 weeks, strain and discard the whole spices and orange peel. Decant the rum into small new, sterilised bottles (or a larger one, if you prefer) to give to your lucky friends. 

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    FYI: The rum can be stored in new, sterilised bottles for up to 3 weeks. Once opened, store in the fridge and use within 1 week.

    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose Kitchen magazine. myWaitrose members can download the Waitrose Kitchen app edition for FREE. Find out more.




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